Happy Poetry Month! Happy California Native Plant Week!! Happy Earth Day!!!
It’s all in your hands…
Long ago in 1969, a poet named Kenneth Koch wrote “…the flowers came out, and they were on our side….”
Back then, many people wanted to change the world and stop bullying each other with wars and guns and bombs. They sang about peace and being on the same side instead of different sides.
They were Flower Children with Flower Power! (Besides their groovy ideas, they wore cool clothes!)
But it wasn’t only about “Looo-king Gooood!” It was about being aware! We started celebrating Earth Day in 1970 to raise awareness about caring for our planet and protecting its fauna (animals) and flora (plants).
Humans are a type of fauna, all 7.4 Billion of us! Check out the Earth’s Population Our species has grown very rapidly at the same time that other species of animals and plants have disappeared or are threatened. People can adapt or change their behavior to help other species survive. Each year on April 22, we celebrate our interconnectedness with other living things. We think about our place in the circle of life on earth.
It’s a great day to say, “Far Out! I’m like a Flower!” Flowers don’t bloom for long, but when they come out, they’re really beautiful. Rare or common, standing alone or thronging in a field, each one says, “Look at me. I’m amazing.”
Just like a bee landing on a pollen-dusted bloom, the amazing-ness of flowers rubs off on us. A famous California writer, John Steinbeck, wrote: “Then there were harebells, tiny lanterns, cream white and almost sinful looking, and these were so rare and magical that a child, finding one, felt singled out and special all day long.”
East of Eden (1952)
Be a flower-child! Play outside in the yard. Run down the street. Walk across a field or take a trail.
When you get home, color some of these Flower Coloring Pages. Coloring Book compressed
Try this word search to find the names of flowers: wildflowers_word_find
If you want more information about California wildflowers, check out the links on this website! US Wildflowers – California